Reviving Tired Beeswax Wraps
If you've bought or made beeswax wraps and you've had them a while, you may notice they become....tired. they get bitty, they're hard to shape and they just don't keep food as fresh. Don't bin them or order more! It's an easy problem to solve.
Here is what you'll need. Your tired and floppy beeswax wraps, some baking trays, greaseproof paper and oven. Depending on how bad your wraps have got (mine were pretty bad. Very dry feeling, bitty and floppy), you may need some grated beeswax too.
First step is to preheat your oven to around 75°C.
Cover your baking trays with greaseproof paper and then lay your wraps onto them so they are completely lying on paper not directly on the baking trays (the process works just as well on baking trays but it makes clean up a NIGHTMARE!)
In some cases, if the wrap is particularly dry feeling or floppy, it is beneficial to sprinkle some pellet or grated beeswax onto the wrap before it goes in the oven. If you have followed my previous tutorial and made your own wraps, you don't need to add anywhere near as much wax for this renewal process as you do when making them. See picture for a rough guide of how much to add.
Put the wraps into the oven until all the beeswax is melted (if you've added more. If not, until the wraps look a bit shiny- approx 10 minutes but this does vary). The wrap shown here still has visible bits of wax so isn't quite ready.
Once they look a bit like this, they're ready to come out.
When you take them out of the oven, hold them by the corners and allow them to hang and harden. I held onto the other corner after taking this pic! The hardening only takes a few seconds.
Once hardened you can lay them down on a work surface or folded tea towel if you prefer. You should be able to see a visible difference in the condition of the wraps now.
Repeat the process until you've renewed all your wraps. There you have it! A pile of what feels like brand new beeswax wraps and it has only cost the electricity to have the oven on for a little while!